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    Video games to look forward to for the rest of 2020

Video games to look forward to for the rest of 2020

We’re more than halfway through 2020 now, and although this pandemic has been a real pain, we haven’t been short on video games to play. This year we’ve gotten games like the long-awaited “Final Fantasy VII Remake,” the continuation of Ellie’s story in “The Last of Us Part II” and the samurai epic “Ghost of Tsushima.” Thankfully there are many other games to experience as the year goes on, with

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    ‘The Rental’ is a below-average thriller but decent directorial debut

‘The Rental’ is a below-average thriller but decent directorial debut

Dave Franco directed, co-wrote and produced a thriller. Good for him! He makes his directorial debut by breaking into the slasher genre and pretty much does just okay. The plot is simple enough — two millennial couples take a celebratory weekend getaway in a rental beach house and things slowly start to go awry. There isn’t necessarily a lot of risk-taking, in its structure or its execution, which is ultimately why

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    Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’ season two is a fantastic follow-up

Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’ season two is a fantastic follow-up

Content warning: “The Umbrella Academy” season one spoilers “When you were a baby, you were bought by an eccentric billionaire. He raised you in an elite academy with six other siblings with extraordinary powers, but in the year 2019, in order to avoid the apocalypse, we jumped into a vortex and ended up being scattered throughout the timeline in Dallas, Texas. Any questions?” Based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba‘s

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    Five years later, ‘Hamilton’ is still sensational work of art

Five years later, ‘Hamilton’ is still sensational work of art

Aug. 6 marks the five-year anniversary of “Hamilton’s” Broadway debut. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s near three-hour musical, loosely inspired by historical figure Alexander Hamilton, hit the stage in 2015 and has grown into one of the most popular musicals of our time. For many, “Hamilton” is what introduced them to the world of Broadway musicals, and its potency is only reinforced by a live taping being added to Disney+ on July 3.

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    Caregiver horror ‘Amulet’ builds from quiet dread to feminist body-horror

Caregiver horror ‘Amulet’ builds from quiet dread to feminist body-horror

“Peace, quiet, homecooked food — what more could the bachelor want?” Looks like 2020 is not only the year of the pandemic, it’s the biggest year for caregiver horror — “Relic” recently crept into theaters where it “decayed,” in the words of our own Spencer Kain, while the much-anticipated “Saint Maud” has been pulled until further notice. Between these two, Romola Garai has unchained her directorial debut, “Amulet.” There’s more to the

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    Revisiting Tyler The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’ three years later

Revisiting Tyler The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’ three years later

For starters, I’ve never been the biggest Tyler, The Creator fan out there. I respected his talent, especially during his run with Odd Future, but I couldn’t get past his psychotic edgelord persona and his third studio album “Cherry Bomb” left a sour taste in my mouth. But in the summer of 2017 with the release of his fourth studio album, “Flower Boy,” I realized not only did Tyler leave

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    ‘Radioactive’ suffers from flimsy storytelling, but sports a powerful lead

‘Radioactive’ suffers from flimsy storytelling, but sports a powerful lead

In the late 1800s, Polish-born Marie Curie discovered a new element alongside her scientist husband in Paris. The element, radium, revolutionized science and lead to some of the greatest (and most tragic) scientific events in history. As a female scientist in the 19th century working in a male-dominated field, and discovering one of the most dangerous and devastating elements, no less, Marie’s road to the history books was no cake

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    Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ is a career-defining album and her best work to date

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ is a career-defining album and her best work to date

For nearly every other Taylor Swift album, the buildup to its release has been monumental. It’s been a strategic process on her part, and superfans read into every minute detail of each Instagram post that could possibly reveal the details of the album. But her latest project was released quickly and quietly, though that doesn’t mean the buzz has been any less than usual — the artist announced her unexpected eighth

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    Emmy Nominations: Highlights, snubs and predictions for the 2020 awards

Emmy Nominations: Highlights, snubs and predictions for the 2020 awards

The 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday, so it’s time to familiarize yourself with this year’s contenders. While this is in no way a comprehensive breakdown of every category (I skipped over writing, directing, guest acting, reality and variety talk categories), the shows listed are enough to keep you occupied until the Emmys air. I recommend you go ahead and start binge-watching now before the virtual show

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    Tropes in entertainment media: Abduction as Romance

Tropes in entertainment media: Abduction as Romance

(This is Part 5 in an ongoing series that examines tropes that perpetuate harmful stereotypes and behaviors in media against women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Click the links to read Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4). 2016’s “Passengers” is a high-concept sci-fi film featuring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as space colonists who are awakened from their hibernation 90 years too early. The film was marketed as

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